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Friday, February 16, 2007

Peanut Butter PSA: salmonella found in some Peter Pan and Great Value brands

In the famous words of The Office’s Jim Halpert, “Congratulations, Universe. You win.”

In trying to be health-conscious, by limiting my carbs and loading my diet with protein, I’ve been using a tablespoon of Peter Pan Reduced Fat Peanut Butter on my Light Whole-Grain toasted English Muffin every morning. For my reward, I may now have salmonella poisoning.

I interrupt your regular blog reading and television viewing to bring you this urgent public service announcement: The FDA warns consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter. These products may contain salmonella. If you have a jar of Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter with a product code beginning with “2111,” located on the lid, toss it out immediately or return it to the store for a refund.

Poisoned by a jar of peanut butter. I swear, this seems like a devious trick that Jim would play on Dwight. But, sadly, when I look around my office, there’s not a goofy, grinning Halpert anywhere in my vicinity.

I thought, perhaps, that I had contracted a stomach flu the past few days. That would have explained my symptoms and overall feeling of crap-i-ness. (Pun intended.) But, now it seems that salmonella poisoning can cause severe abdominal cramps, fever, diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration. So, I’m off to the local doc-in-the-box to see if in fact, the peanut butter is the culprit. Wish me luck, or at least the possibility that this all turns out to be some cruel prank.


big tuna said...

Jennifer...hope you're feeling better soon!

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